After losing his father and brother to cancer just a few years later, Jake Quickdenden has opened up about his health concerns and fear of being diagnosed with cancer.
In an interview with MailOnline, the singer, 34, admitted that whenever he finds a “lump or bump” on his body, it makes him feel like the disease has “hit him.”
Jake’s father Paul, who separated from Jake’s mother Lisa prior to his diagnosis, died of bone cancer 13 years ago.
Two years later, my younger brother, Oliver, injured his knee playing football, and tests revealed a different type of osteosarcoma.
EXCLUSIVE: Jake Quickdenden opens up about health anxiety and fear of being diagnosed with cancer after losing father and brother to disease
Oliver died at the young age of 19, just a few years after the tragic death of his father, Paul.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Jake elaborated on his struggles with anxiety and grief.
He said: “I always struggled with anxiety, but I never really knew what it was. When I lost my father over ten years ago and my brother nearly ten years ago, I wondered why It all makes sense if I feel that way.
“I started worrying about things and overthinking them. I was worried about my own health. If you’ve lost two people to cancer and your mother is suffering from skin cancer, all sorts of lumps and bumps.” I am very open about my health concerns.
Tragic: Jake’s father Paul, who separated from Jake’s mother Lisa before being diagnosed, died of bone cancer 13 years ago
Jake recently revealed that he overcame his fear and went for a full-body check, and now aims to get everyone to check more.
He said: “I had a full body exam a while ago and I’m still having trouble getting myself an appointment with a doctor. Fitness is also a big part of my life.
The I’m A Celebrity star recently had his testicles tested live on Loose Men to raise awareness about cancer.
ITV viewers praised Jake for raising awareness on social media and being “brave” enough to go live on TV.
Brave: I’m A Celebrity star recently tested testicles live on Loose Men to raise cancer awareness
Jake, who acts as a Grief Ambassador, explains how his grief still affects him. You never know what’s around the corner, so make the most of it.
The Dancing on Ice winner shares a son, Leo, and a wife, Sophie. She is also the mother of son Freddie from her previous relationship.
“For me, I wasn’t really happy until I had a Leo. After that, everything was fine. I now have this little guy who counts on me and I want to be a good role model and stepchild. Me is still struggling with grief. It hits me at different points because I don’t think you’ll ever get over it.
A heartbreaking story: My brother Oliver was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, the most common form of osteosarcoma, in 2010 at the age of 16 and died two years later.
Jake is currently enjoying a vacation in Dubai with his family and admits that even though he looks happy on social media, he still has days when he’s feeling down.
He explained: “Yesterday we were walking and Sof asked if I was okay.
“I think it’s because someone took a bad look at me on Instagram. It prompts you to ask yourself, but the worst thing you can do is ask yourself.
Family: Jake is currently vacationing in Dubai with his family and admits that while he looks happy on social media, he still has his down days (Pictured of wife Sophie, son Leo and Jake with his son-in-law Freddie).
Jake has previously accused a vicious troll who claims his son Leo “needs Botox” and is “ugly.”
On how to deal with negative online comments, Jake said: they want They expressed the opinion that they would not change it.
“I feel sorry for people who are looting people they’ve never met in their homes.”
Jake continues on his grief: my son-in-law.